NEWPORT, R.I. – A $100,000 gift from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust will establish two endowed scholarships at Salve Regina University in the memory of Noreen Stonor Drexel, an original trustee of the charitable foundation and a long-standing trustee and friend of the university.
The Noreen Stonor Drexel Scholarship in Education and the Noreen Stonor Drexel Scholarship in Nursing will support full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled in both programs at Salve Regina.
“Mrs. Drexel was a longtime and beloved friend of Salve Regina University, as well as an active, insightful trustee,” said Sister Jane Gerety, president. “Establishing scholarship funds in her memory in two of the university’s core disciplines – education and nursing – honors her involvement at Salve Regina in the most meaningful of ways.”
Salve Regina’s education department offers programs leading to Rhode Island teacher certification and reciprocal certification in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rica and Guam in the areas of early childhood education, elementary education, special education, music education and secondary education in biology, English, French, history, mathematics and Spanish. All of its programs are accredited by the Rhode Island Department of Education.
The university offers two plans of study leading to the bachelor of science degree in nursing: the pre-licensure track designed for high school graduates, transfer and second-degree students, and the degree completion track for students who are already registered nurses. Since its inception, the program has maintained full approval from the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education, and is fully accredited.
Mrs. Drexel, who died on Nov. 6, 2012, was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Salve Regina in 1999. She cared deeply about preservation and was instrumental in many of Salve Regina’s efforts to build the campus that exists today. Among the most notable projects include the restoration of Ochre Court, Wakehurst and the Save America’s Treasures designations, restoration of William Watts Sherman, the building of Rodgers Recreation Center, and the refurbishing of Tobin Hall. The historic “twin cottages” have been dedicated as Stonor Hall and Drexel Hall in her honor. Mrs. Drexel was also intimately involved in the building of Our Lady of Mercy Chapel.